This year is a time of major transition for myself and my family. After 17 years serving as the English Pastor at CFC I am going to be moving on to a new ministry. My wife Joni has been teaching high school science for 9 years and is also ready to try something new. For a variety of reasons, this seems like the right time for a change. It has been announced at my church and I have told family and a few close friends, but I realized that I should say something here as well.
I have been thinking and praying for several years about a possible change. My passion and calling has always been in the area of teaching and leadership training. I have had good opportunities to do that at CFC, but there are many other responsibilities to being a pastor. I am seeking a ministry opportunity that will allow me to be more focused on what I believe God has called and gifted me to do.
Probably no one is able to serve in the area of their calling and gifting 100% of the time, but if you can reach 70-80% that is very good. It is really a win-win situation. Greater joy in ministry, a greater sense of fulfillment, greater effectiveness in ministry and greater impact for God’s kingdom. I want to be in the right place, doing exactly what God has called me to do.
I’m not really sure what my new ministry will look like. I am looking into doing some teaching at a seminary or Bible college as well as church based teaching and training opportunities. I will be available to do training seminars and to advise church leadership teams. I would like to do some more writing. It is likely that I will end up doing a variety of things. The main thing is to sense God’s leading and follow it. I appreciate your prayers as I look for the way forward.
Later this year we are planning on moving up to the Portland area where both Joni and I have family. She grew up in Portland and I am from Montana, so we both love the Pacific Northwest. We will begin our time there with a sabbatical that we both feel is much needed. We will spend some time resting and seeking God’s direction for the next phase of our lives. After an initial break I plan to spend some time every day working on finishing my book on English ministry in ethnic immigrant churches. By the end of the year I expect to be moving on to new ministry opportunities, but at this point I don’t know what that will be. It’s a little like hiking on a path in the woods. I can see a little way ahead, but beyond that I don’t know where the trail will go. But wherever the path leads, God is already there. I’m looking forward to the adventure.